Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Resisting Arrest, Accepting Treatment

The South Carolina Supreme Court has imposed a public reprimand with conditions for the following misconduct: In July 2007, respondent was arrested following an altercation with police officers at a bar. In July 2011, respondent pled guilty to resisting arrest….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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We Want It For Free

The internet has become the place where folks go in search for free stuff. We used to pay for newspapers. Now we get news free on Google news or MSNBC online. We used to pay subscription fees for forums like AOL. Today, it would be heresy to charge for Facebook or Twitter. We used to pay to rent movies. Now, we can download shows and movies for free on Hulu. Even when we pay subscriptions for unlimited movies, we complain about the monthly fee. We can watch music videos on Youtube, communicate on Skype, and send "mail" via e-mail, all for free. As consumers, we have grown accustomed to getting more and more services for free. When marketing your practice, you have to keep in mind that the average consumer has become acclimated to expect more for less. And so when dealing with potential clients understand that they are more than ever, looking for value, because they've received so much in their social pursuits for so little. Keep those expectations in mind, and possibly use them to your advantage by offering free information online through your website or blog and possibly free downloadable e-books, apps, or webinars. This growing sense of entitlement affects us all, and you should keep it in mind when meeting client expectations. Share this: Twitter LinkedIn Email Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Facebook Like this: Be the first to like this post... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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MIT School of Law?

My MSU Law colleague Dan Katz has unveiled an intriguing proposal for addressing the economic pressures and technology changes underway in the legal profession–The MIT School of Law: A Perspective on Legal Education in the 21st Century. Check out slides about his MIT School of Law proposal here posted at his blog home, Computational Legal Studies. Katz argues that one way for legal education to remain relevant is to train future lawyers in quantitative methods, information engineering, supply chain management, and technology (check out slide #157 for a sample curriculum). In other words, he says, "yes, there is going to be math on the exam.".. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Multijurisdictional Unauthorized Practice

From the Ohio Supreme Court: Out-of-state debt settlement lawyers are not authorized to provide legal services on a temporary basis to Ohio clients, according to a Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline advisory opinion. It….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Preparing Your Client for Deposition- Part 13

Before her deposition, your client should understand the legal underpinnings of her case. You should explain to her what is needed for her to win the case and what the other side needs for them to win their case. Go through the causes of action alleged in the complaint and explain the elements of each and the defenses to each. If there is a counter or cross claim, explain the significance of those too. For her to perform optimally, she needs to understand her role in the case and for her to do that, she needs to understand what each side needs to prove (or disprove). You went to law school and your client didn't, so don't get bogged down on every legal nuance. However, explaining the legal side of the case to her will help her understand how the facts she will be testifying about either advance or hurt her case. And explaining the law to your client will help you become adept at explaining it to the jury. Therefore, during one of your depo preps, have a list of the causes of action, the elements and defenses (pulling the jury instructions can serve this purpose), and run down the list with her. This legal outline will serve as a framework for the facts of the case, and as an outline for your depo prep. Share this: Twitter LinkedIn Email Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Facebook Like this: Be the first to like this post... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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